Lord of the Flies: Psychoanalysis Annotated Bibliography

Lord of the Flies Annotated Bibliography

This lesson focuses on psychoanalysis and its application to Lord of the Flies. The ultimate purpose is to prepare students for the unit culminating activity. Focused on equipping students with the tools to explore and analyze the novel through a psychoanalytic lens, this session will guide them in creating an annotated bibliography on various elements of psychoanalysis. We will initiate our journey with an overview of fundamental psychoanalytic theories and concepts, preparing students to identify and understand their manifestations within the novel. As we progress, students will engage in comprehensive research, honing their skills in synthesizing information and critically evaluating sources. This structured approach aims to deepen their understanding of psychoanalytic perspectives and enhance their analytical and communication abilities.

Learning Goals

  • I will be able to identify and explain key psychoanalytic theories and concepts.
  • I will be able to critically evaluate the sources I use in my research, assessing their credibility and relevance.
  • I will be able to synthesize the information that I research into an annotated bibliography.



  1. Briefly review the psychoanalytic lens note.
  2. Ask students to identify a couple of examples that connect Lord of the Flies to psychoanalysis.
  3. Distribute and go over the annotated bibliography example.
  4. Show how to create the MLA Citation in Google Docs, using this website as an example: https://www.thesap.org.uk/articles-on-jungian-psychology-2/about-analysis-and-therapy/the-shadow/ 
  5. Not using Google Docs? You can use the Citation Machine instead.
  6. Have students create their first entry using the above website.
  7. Continue, researching and creating four more annotated bibliography entries similar to the one in the example.

Annotated Bibliography Example

Pearson, Richard Grenville, and American Museum of Natural History. Driven to Extinction: The Impact of Climate Change on Biodiversity. Sterling, 2011.

Summary: This article provides a comprehensive review of the impact of climate change on biodiversity. The author discusses various aspects such as shifts in species distribution, habitat loss, changes in phenology, and extinction risks. There is a plenty of information about environmental factors that cause extinction events, including supervolcano eruptions, and global climate change.

Evaluation: Pearson’s article is well-researched and presents a balanced overview of the topic. The author effectively synthesizes existing literature and provides in-depth analysis. The article is supported by reliable data and scientific studies, enhancing its credibility. The writing style is accessible, making it suitable for both experts and general readers. This article would be useful in my essay when talking about extinction events.

Create Your Annotated Bibliography

Using the example above, create an annotated bibliography with a total of 5 entries. Each entry should be:

  • In MLA format
  • Contain one paragraph that summarizes the most important information on the web page
  • Contain one paragraph that evaluates the quality of the information

Marking Criteria:

  • Each entry is worth 5 marks.
  • 1 mark for the correct MLA format
  • 2 marks for a good summary of the content
  • 2 marks for evaluating the quality of the content

Total:    /25

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